Mvrdv's Public Art Depot In Museumpark Rotterdam
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The public Art Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is a new building typology that will be realised on the northern edge of Rotterdam's Museumpark, the heart of the city’s cultural campus. This new addition to the existing museum will become a new cultural landmark for Rotterdam, alongside world-class institutions that are already in the area including Kunsthal, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Chabot Museum and Sonneveld House. Residents, art lovers and visitors to the city will experience the museum’s collection in a specially commissioned atrium and exhibition spaces that allow 90% of the building to be public including artworks in storage. It is also intended that collection display changes bi-annual based on themes.

Posted 18 March 2017

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MVRDV’s competition-winning design for the 15,000m2 art depot will store the esteemed collection of 70,000 art and design objects amassed from 1849 till the present combined with restoration facilities, exhibition spaces, offices, logistics, a bar, restaurant, public roof terrace, and private collectors facilities.
It will also have spaces not accessible to the general public that are for logistics, quarantine and rooms for private art collections whose owners can visit their art and enjoy it in private spaces. This is a new commercial service offered by the museum and additionally, depots and an exhibition space run by the philanthropic foundation, De Verre Bergen will also be located in the new collection building.

The official ceremony to break ground on the construction of the new collection building - Public Art Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen will be held on Friday 17th March 2017 at 14:30 together with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam City Council, De Verre Bergen Foundation, MVRDV, IMD structural engineers, RHDHV consultants, Peutz Building Physics, ABT Facade Engineers, BAM Construction and Engineering and other stakeholders. 
Click here for a live webcam of the construction process.>

MVRDV was set up in 1993 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. MVRDV engages globally in providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues. A research-based and highly collaborative design method engages experts from all fields, clients and stakeholders in the creative process. The results are exemplary and outspoken buildings, urban plans, studies and objects, which enable our cities and landscapes to develop towards a better future.

Early projects by the office, such as the headquarters for the Dutch Public Broadcaster VPRO and WoZoCo housing for the elderly in Amsterdam lead to international acclaim. MVRDV develops its work in a conceptual way in which the changing conditions are visualised and discussed through designs, sometimes literally through the design and construction of a diagram. The office continues to pursue its fascination for and methodical research on density through a method of shaping space using complex amounts of data that accompany contemporary building and design processes.The work of MVRDV is exhibited and published worldwide and has received numerous international awards. 150 architects, designers and other staff develop projects in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative design process which involves rigorous technical and creative investigation.

MVRDV works with BIM and has official in-house BREEAM and LEED assessors. Together with Delft University of Technology, MVRDV runs The Why Factory, an independent think tank and research institute providing an agenda for architecture and urbanism by envisioning the city of the future.


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